President Uhuru’s coast campaign pointman and Lamu Senator Hon Abu Chiaba has lost in the ongoing Jubilee party primaries to little known new entrant Anwar Loitiptip.
Hon Chiaba joins a host of other big names in the political scene that have lost in the party nominations.
Lamu West returning officer James Mungai declared Anwar Loitiptip the winner having garned 3,868 votes against Chiaba’s 1,076.
Shortly before results were out, Chiaba threatened to reject them claiming the exercise were marred by massive irregularities however he later changed his mind after receiving a call from ‘above’ and declared he will support the winner. “I wish to concede my defeat. I am wishing the winner well in serving the people of Lamu. I have served well and I am proud of what I have done,” Hon Chiaba said.
Hon Chiaba has served for 24 years in various positions. He first came into power in 1992 as an elected MP, serving until 2013 when he was elected Senator.
He is among key Jubilee point men selected by President Uhuru Kenyatta to lead party campaigns in the Coastal region.
The Jubilee ticket for the Lamu West MP sear was won by Hindi MCA Abdul Kassim, who received 3,754 votes against Anastasia Mwangi’s 1,958.